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Management Approach: EH&S

The top priority at Avient is safety.

At the highest level, Avient’s Board of Directors has a long-standing Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee that oversees and monitors environmental, health, safety, security and product stewardship policies, standards and practices. Their primary focus is to ensure risk management systems are meeting regulatory compliance and operational excellence globally. These responsibilities include oversight of climate related risks and performance against related sustainability key performance indicators.

Avient’s EH&S Management System (EH&S MS) is managed by its Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Product Stewardship Department, and degreed technical experts employed in all regions and businesses. Avient’s Vice President of EH&S and Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Process Improvement are responsible for reporting performance to the EH&S Committee of the Board of Directors. The foundation of our Management Approach to EH&S is rooted in American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care®. We established a comprehensive EH&S MS to systemically identify and address any risks. Avient’s EH&S MS is externally certified and based on the ACC RC14001 Standard, which incorporates the principle of continuous improvement. This management system applies to all Avient sites and our contractors globally.

Avient’s EH&S MS is comprised of global standards for safety, health, security, product safety, and environmental protection, covering the transportation of materials, activities at our sites and warehouses, distribution of our products, our customers’ use of our products, and our ongoing commitment to be a positive influence in the communities in which we operate. It covers both regulatory requirements and voluntary actions.

The policies and codes that are included in the EH&S MS are:

  • Responsible Care Policy, which outlines our overarching commitment to the Responsible Care Guiding Principles;
  • Safety & Health Policy, which focuses on providing a safe and healthy workplace for our associates, contractors and visitors through building an actively caring culture;
  • Security Policy, which focuses on protecting the security of our people, all information related to our operations, and our supply chain;
  • Avient Code of Conduct, which focuses on putting forth guidelines for ethical behavior;
  • Environmental Policy, which focuses on ensuring enduring operations that contribute positively to our associates’ wellbeing and the well-being of the communities in which we operate;
  • Product Stewardship Policy, which covers the sustainable and ethical management of our products to protect our associates, customers and communities in which we operate.
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